Airtel Ghana has extended its fibre-optic backbone network to the cities of Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi, Business Ghana reports, citing marketing director Manu Rajan. In a parallel development the company has doubled the transmission speeds available over its 3.5G cellular networks to 42Mbps. Rajan commented: ‘We continue to offer the very best network, and we will continue to introduce new innovations and expand covered markets to ensure even more coverage across Ghana. Customers can take advantage of the benefits of the increased speed from 21.6Mbps to 42Mbps on compatible devices.’ While the precise platform used by Airtel was unconfirmed, TeleGeography notes that 42Mbps speeds are generally enabled by the deployment of Dual Carrier (DC)-HSPA+ technology.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Airtel’s Ghanaian arm launched 2G and 3G networks in December 2008, before rolling out HSPA+ 3.5G services in January 2012.